The Effect of Load Stabilizer Selection on Load Shift Within Unit Loads
Bisha, James Victor
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Research on unit load stability aids manufacturing facilities in selecting the most efficient load stabilizer when shipping their products to market. This studyâ s objective was to compare the performance a variety of different commonly used load stabilizers to stretch hooding. Stretch hooding is a method of load stabilization in which a tubular film is heat sealed at the top, stretched by four mechanical arms to a desired width, pulled down over the unit load. The film is slowly released as the arms descend, and is released under the pallet. 400ga stretch hooding, 80ga and 63ga stretch wrap and strapping were tested. Twenty unit loads for both vibration and impact testing were used, with 5 replications per load stabilizer. Container displacement and pallet-container displacement were measured, and the number of tares in the load stabilizer film, on the corners of the test units, after testing, was noted. Container displacement was significantly greater during impact testing than in vibration testing. Strapping was the most effective stabilizer during vibration testing because of its ability to restrict vertical displacement. The stretch hooding was the most effective stabilizer during impact testing because of its ability to restrict horizontal displacement.
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